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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A New Friend

Not long ago I was driving home from dropping my daughter off at school. When I got to our street I noticed my neighbor from 2 doors up walking her dog. Well, they usually walk their dog, but this was late in the morning for them and so I was curious.

I stopped. "Hey! What are you doing out at this time of the morning?" I asked. "Well," she said, "I lost my job." We talked for a while and I explained that my husband just took a pretty good pay cut himself. I told her that I was trying to find something part-time to try to help make up the difference, etc., etc. etc. I told her that I KNEW that God would provide for us and for her!

A few days later she showed up on my driveway. I was outside watching Caroline ride her bike and clipping coupons. She had a little bag in her hand and she seemed excited. We talked for a second and then she said, "I have something for you. I made it." She pulled out a little cookbook that she had filled with old recipes from her own family's kitchens. Her grandmother's and aunt's recipes, as well as a few of her own, were handwritten in a sweet little book that she had stamped and decorated herself.

I could not believe it! I have talked to her here and there like neighbors do these days. A wave, a smile, a few words, but never for a very long time. And here she was sharing some of her family heritage with me! She said, "You know, I had friends at work. I have friends that live far away, and a few that are here in our city. One thing I don't have is a friend that is also my neighbor. When you stopped and talked to me the other day I decided that we could be friends!"

God's word tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself." We have lived here for 6 years and I have never taken it on myself to get to know this sweet new friend. I am not sure if she knows Jesus as her Savior, and now is the time for me to finally be obedient! God is using HER to remind me of His Word and of His commands to share Him with those that we meet. Just the other Sunday a pastor at our church challenged us to pray that the Lord would bring a new person into our lives with whom we could share Jesus! I took the challenge, and guess what? HE DID IT!

I'm glad she "decided that we could be friends!" I'm praying that the Lord uses this new friendship to bring Him glory!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Update on the Update!

Howdy bloggy friends! You all wrote the sweetest comments about my girl. Ya'll! GOD'S GOT THIS! Testing or not He's in control and He has a plan for her! He has given me a scripture at the beginning of each school year and this year it's Jeremiah 29:11. I am CLAIMING IT!!!!!!!!! So guess what He has already done?

1) She told our cat last night that Jesus died for him! NOW... that's not theologically sound in the LEAST, but she is hearing that Jesus loves her and died for her. I believe fully that she will ask Him into her heart one day. UNTIL THEN... HE'S GOT HER! (It was the cutest thing ever..."Pepper, listen. Jesus died for you! He did! He really did! Did you hear me?" ha!)

2) She stood in front of her little class the other day and read an entire book to them. ALL BY HERSELF!

3) She has done well on her spelling, reading and Bible verse quizzes! And she has taken them with her class instead of with the special needs teachers! Math... well, that's another story, but we are trying!

3)We are doing all we can. IF we were just sitting back and letting her fail I could see where she might be in trouble. (Please hear my heart. I am not trying to toot my own horn. I just know parents in denial and they aren't taking the needs of their kids seriously and their kids a struggling more than they ever need to! ) God has brought therapists and teachers in our path that HAVE TO BE STRAIGHT FROM HIM! It's the best that we can do!  I have to find rest in that!

Ya'll just pray! If God puts us on your hearts please just pray. It's the best thing that you could ever do for us!

The job thing is still up in the air. I felt good about the interview, but there is a little bit of a situation that the youth pastor is working through with the church. He said he would let me know something next week. It sounded positive though so we will see! God's timing is perfect so I am trusting that this waiting is for a purpose.

AND... my husband's company got a big project today! WOO HOO!! I can not tell you how many days we have prayed that this day would come. We need a few more to come along but we will take it!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!

God is so good! I just can't tell you how much peace He brings to me everyday. Not everyday is easy, but this is a sinful world that is fallen! I can't expect much more from the world, but my GOD! Well, He is able to do immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine!! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Update on EVERYTHING!

WOW! I got a sweet comment from a sweet reader the other day on my last post and I thought, "Boy! I am really REALLY behind on the blog scene!" I have not read one blog in WEEKS much less written an entry!

Some how my heart has just not been in it. We have had a few things happen that have tried to take the wind out of our sails, BUT! God.

I think that's all I need to say! Other than the fact that He is faithful and able to bring us through anything no matter how bleak the future might seem. And here's what I love... HE's ALREADY THERE! He sees it all and so I just cling to the fact that He sees what's to come and He's going to carry us through!

We aren't much different from anyone else in this economy I suppose. My husband took a 2nd pay cut (along with his entire company!) so we have had to put on the brakes BIG TIME on spending! Much less eating out, trying not to drive all over creation to save on gas, spending time clipping coupons and consigning my little one's outgrown clothes... you know, things that I probably SHOULD have been thinking about all along! I guess you get really serious about some things when the situation gets more serious! Perhaps I could learn a few lessons from this experience! You think???? :)

SO.. today I am going for a job interview. A youth pastor at our church needs an assistant, and while being a secretary/assistant might not be my first choice of a job, the hours are the EXACT hours of our daughter's school hours AND I would be in the same building that she's in. AND it would possibly make up for the money that has been cut from my husband's pay... well, at least some of it! We will see what happens and how the Lord works! I guess I will have to keep you posted! :)

Another thing that has been a little hard is that our daughter was re-tested this summer. Her scores were very low and the psychologist used the words "mild/borderline mental retardation". THAT was a hard day! (AND it was my anniversary... she could have gone ALL day without saying that!) Thing is... if you know my kid... she may struggle some with different things, but the mentally retarded label does not seem to fit the bill in this case! She's reading like crazy! She's performing better in the classroom this year (and we held her back in 1st grade with the same teacher so we have a REAL comparison to go by here) and she's maturing. Granted, she may not be where she needs to be and we do know that there are delays, but those words were like a dagger to our hearts! 023

We also learned that her eyes are not working together! SO they referred us to a vision therapist that diagnosed 10 areas of weakness in her eyes! TEN, PEOPLE! He said it's no wonder she can't focus for the entire school day, skips lines and words when she reads and has attention problems. We started vision therapy last week and we have been twice. I am SOO praying that the Lord does a major work through this therapy and that she will just blossom into the smart little girl in the classroom that we see at home!

Life is hard, isn't it?

You know what?

"This is what the Lord God says- He who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who give breath to it's people, and life to those who walk on it:

I, the Lord, have called you to righteousness;

I WILL TAKE HOLD OF YOUR HAND."

Isaiah 42:5-6

If we know Jesus we are not walking this road alone. There is more comfort in that than any thing that man can provide. I am insufficient to encourage my husband during this time. ONLY God can do it. I am insufficient to help my daughter's eyes and mind develop, but the God that created her and knew her before she was even born can do anything that He chooses to help her grow. I just pray that His name will be lifted high from the walls of this home as we walk this road together.